Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

            A little something different it is. There are 14 different view points for ONE love story. I have never read a book with A.) That many viewpoints or B.) Something that I felt hit close to a part of my life. This is one of the best books I have read all year.
            Lea is quiet and soft spoken most of the time anyway. Gabe is traumatized and shy.They are awkward. Don't interact with each other and at some point one of them needs to get the courage to really talk to the other. Everyone ships them. The chick who works at starbucks watches them closely. Their professor, bus driver, food delivery guy, the squirrel, the bench on the green, and to top it all off, their best friends!!! Everybody, even Victor, the guy who hates them in their creative writing class, ships them.  How do they not notice the adoration in the others eyes.
            I think it is funny how you can completely miss a sign that someone is sending you. Maybe it is because you are so caught up in how you feel and worried about how they feel about you that you don't take the time to really understand what is happening when you stop worrying. Never has a book hit so close to home. You like someone, but don't want to just tell them, Or you don't know what to say. It is better to take the chance knowing the outcome than to spend your whole life wondering "What it?".  Don't even wait for a sign. That's what I've been doing. Gabe nearly lost Lea because he waited too long to clue her in on anything. She thought he was ignoring  her, but really he couldn't hear what she was saying.
            The bench kept me laughing. "Sometimes you get a really perfect butt". The squirrel and his or her talking about nuts. He/She is always losing track of her/his food. Mainly I think the  friends shed light on the little something different. They didn't care about the things that didn't matter. They wanted something that everyone wants. Love. Or to feel excepted and wanted by another person. What's so hard about that? Oh yeah... It can be confusing and irritating and there are plenty of other words to describe it, but none of that can compare to the feeling of finally getting what you wanted. It is like a child is opening the best gift ever on Christmas Day.
            The last thing I would like to mention is the fact that there are so many people I haven't mentioned yet. Danny is Lea's best friend from high school. He also happens to be gay and thinks whole heartedly that Gabe is gay. That sure mixed things up a bit. Then, there is Maribel. She is Lea's lovely room mate. She is the #1 advice giver. Sam is Gabe's older brother. He has a baseball scholarship is sarcastic, cute and a player. He may not be the best person to give advice, but he sure makes an amazing brother. Bailey and Casie are some of Gabe's best friends. Being shy he doesn't have a huge group, but quality is better than quantity. With these amazing people by their side, follow Lea ad Gabe down a journey they would have otherwise probably not have gone on alone.
"It was sort of perfect."-Sandy Hall

Monday, December 15, 2014

Adorkable By Sarra Manning

           Fair Warning this book was written by someone in England, so it uses English slang instead of American slang words. VERY IMPORTANT!!!
             Adorkable is what it sounds like. Adorkable. Two smart , but totally different, teens have nothing in common except for their cheating exes. Jeane Smith is a blogger, dreamer and CEO of her own lifestyle brand. What a thing to be doing at 17!!! And then there is Michael Lee. Michael is THE golden boy. He has the perfect grades, the star of the stage and football field.. All the girls love him. What's not to love? However, neither Jeane nor Michael really planned on being around each other. In fact, Jeane hated Michael's guts. She wore the weird almost grandma like clothes and he wore American Eagle and all the "In" things.
            Here's the thing. I for some reason have decided that I really like the teenage romance thing. If you do not like that sort of thing like some of Sarah Dessen's books (If you do not know who that is she is a teenage romance write) then I would not suggest this book to you. There is some mature content and I would not suggest it to anyone under the age of 13 or 14.
            Sarrah Manning takes a while to get to her overall point of the book. It took me till the last 100 pages to come up with some of the overall themes. Some examples were: It's not fun being alone. Being alone is for loser's. You don't have to fit in, you just have to be yourself. These are some of my favorite's.Ways to have made this story better would have been to have the overall theme's in the entire book and not so I will see them at the end.
            Now to dive into the feelings I have tied to this book, I would like it if MY friend were to tell me pack my bags I would be all for going to New York with a friend by my side.That would be amazing. Do I think it would realistic, of course not, but I would be all for it. I like to think I would be closest to Jeane out of my friends, but I know that is not true. I would not even exist in this book. I wouldn't be any of the main characters. I might possibly fit in as Jeane's older sister, Bethan, who is a med student and gets engaged and maybe happy. I know Bethan is a little crazy from Learning about Jeane's past.
              One thing I definately feel I learned throughout this book was to not judge people so quickly. If throuhout the book we were not to learn about Michaels or Jeane's past, I would LOVE Michael and probably HATE Jeane. It could go either way with Jeane. You would either look up to her, or hate her. Maybe my weird outfits that I would love to have again and look fine in would make me adore Jeane. Jeane is a crazy, smart and frankly very blunt. Michael is perfect according to everyone who doesn't really know him. Anyway, to truly know someone, you need to know their past, present and where they want to be in the future. I don't think that is where Sarrah Manning meant for me to take this book, but it's like stereotyping people. Why do we do it if we have been proven wrong time and time again? DON'T JUDGE A PERSON BY WHAT YOU SEE. You could be very wrong.
              Lastly, I would like to share some other books that would go along great with this. Basically every Sarah Dessen book or many of John Green books. I haven't read most of these, but the authors them selves are AMAZING.
               Any suggestions on what I should read next or would like me to review? I have a long list, but would like any people want to know more about themselves.

"Love, Hate  Whatever" -Sarra Manning in "Adorkable"

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Selection by Keira Cass

            The selection is about a girl named America Singer. America gets pressured to put her name in a drawing that is supposed to be randomized, but really the King just wants to pick the prettiest girl in each town to compete for his son, Maxon's, hand in marriage. As much as America dislikes all things surrounding the castle, she puts her name and picture in. Who would have guessed that she would have been picked? America thought she wouldn't be picked. Out of all the girls she couldn't possibly be the one to go.
            America Singer is not like other girls. She doesn't want to marry Maxon. She couldn't care less about living in a castle. She just wants to go home to her ex-boyfriend Aspen and spend the rest of her life with him. But as we know, life does not go according to our plans. The Selection takes us through America's journey in the selection.
            The selection is my favorite series of ALL TIME because America isn't perfect. In fact, it seems as if everything she does is somehow wrong. We are mistake making people. We can never be perfect. Although I do think that Maxon is more perfect than we are likely to find in our lives. Coming back to reality, I realize that none of us are likely to find a prince, but maybe we can learn as America did to find someone who makes us feel like their princess.
              Moving on to team Maxon or Team Aspen. I am team Maxon. Never in a million years would I pick Aspen over Maxon. NEVER. I don't know why. I think Aspen needs to let go. Start over. Find someone new. Just a few suggestions I would give him if he was real. Don't pine after a girl who is essentially taken. No America may not be Maxon's yet, but she signed a contract that she wouldn't even consider anyone else. America also needed to move on. Try something new. Anything but going back to Aspen. He dumped her before she was even chosen to be in the selection. You should almost NEVER go back to someone who discarded you. Maybe he had good intentions, but it left you heart broken the first time. What happens when he comes back and breaks your heart again. For Maxon it is different. He has never been allowed to even think about girls in any way but friends. So when he gets 35 girls pushed into his home and they tell him to pick one, what do you think is going to happen. He doesn't understand them. He tells America when he finds her crying that he can't handle crying women. Why pick Aspen over Maxon??? It is simple. Don't do it! 
                Finally let's skip to the newest and last book in the trilogy: The One. If you have not read it and would like to do so before hearing or reading spoilers, do NOT continue reading.
While reading the second book, The Elite, I told two of my closest friends that I would like to see Aspen and Lucy end up together. I could ship them more than I could ship Aspen and America. Was I right? YES I was. No greater joy have I found in a book than being able to have my  OTP (one true pair) end up together and the maid and guard that I shipped. I was truly sad that Marlee could not continue in the selection after her misfortune. The pain she must have felt when being whipped during The Elite must have been awful. Marlee and Maxon were my two favorite character. Now the ending of The One caught me by surprise. I was not expecting the rebels to ruin the engagement announcement, but when I thought about it more, I realized that the foreshadowing was there. I didn't pay any attention to it, but it was there. Celeste may not have been my favorite character, but by the end of The One, she had a special place in my heart. She died on good terms with America and with those she treated horribly.
               I encourage all to read this amazing book series. If you liked The Fault in our Stars or If I stay, I highly suggest you read The Selection by Kiera Cass. I laughed, I almost cried (Remember to take into account that I don't cry very often), I did a couple face palms, and lastly I loved each character more than I probably should have.  It may be your choice, but I advise you to choose wisely. Life is full of choices. Don't regret this one.
"You don't choose him; he chooses you." - Kiera Cass from The One